Interstate Travel Allowed For Fully Vaccinated Malaysians

Source – PaulTan
  • Malaysians who have been fully vaccinated will be permitted to travel within the country.

  • Although hundreds of new Covid-19 cases were being diagnosed daily, the majority did not develop severe symptoms, indicating that Malaysia had entered an endemic phase of the pandemic that has afflicted the whole world for nearly two years.

Interstate Travel Allowed For Fully Vaccinated Malaysians

Malaysia will allow interstate travel to the 90 percent of its adult population that has already been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on Monday 11th October 2021. 

To mark the achievement of the immunisation target of 90% of adults reaching full vaccination, there was a special national broadcast on Sunday October 10th in which  Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob vowed that the progressive relaxation of pandemic curbs will not be reversed even if there are spikes in covid infections.

“I want to assure everyone that businesses and livelihood will continue normally. Even if cases rise, we will only focus (restrictions) on specific areas. The reopening will continue even if there is a surge, but we can ensure there are no closures at all if we abide by the SOPs,” he said.

Malaysians who have been fully vaccinated, together with their children, will be permitted to travel within the country.

Individuals who wish to travel internationally will be allowed to do so. However, a required 14-day quarantine period for anyone entering Malaysia remains in effect.

Previously, the MyTravelPass programme allowed only individuals who needed to go on important travels, such as for work or study, to do so.

While the government has promised to resume travel if the adult vaccination rate reaches 90%, the PM said that Malaysia’s borders have not yet been opened to foreign tourists.

“Our gates are not yet open, except for emergencies, business and official purposes,” PM Sabri said. He added that the health ministry is currently assessing which countries are safe before making a statement.

The Prime Minister said on Thursday that several factors will be examined before allowing foreign visitors entry, including the number of infections, the mortality rate, and the level of recovery in the respective countries.

Despite Sunday’s statement, he cautioned that regulations aimed at containing the spread of Covid-19, such as social distance and mask wearing, will continue to be implemented.

He also urged travellers to do self-tests before leaving on their journeys, but the government would not mandate self-testing.

source - the straits times

While 90% of adults have been fully vaccinated, the overall population is around 65% vaccinated. Malaysia started immunising children between the ages of 12 and 17 last month.

Regulations define an individual as fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving their second vaccination, or 28 days after receiving a single-dose vaccine.

The new statement follows the successful introduction of a pilot travel bubble on Sept 16 allowing vaccinated tourists to access Langkawi’s island getaway.

Daily infections in Malaysia have decreased from a six-week high of 24,599 to four-digit numbers this week. Daily recorded deaths have also decreased significantly, from over 400 two months ago to an average of about 100 today.

“Vaccinations have reduced the rate of intensive care admissions by 83 per cent and deaths by 88 per cent,” he said.

PM Sabri said that although hundreds of new Covid-19 cases were being diagnosed daily, the majority did not develop severe symptoms, indicating that Malaysia had entered an endemic phase of the pandemic that has afflicted the whole world for nearly two years.

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